SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo softball slugger Tatiana Casis was named Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by Comissioner Michael J. Marcil.
Casis led the Lions in most offensive categories during her record setting week as the Port St. Lucie native batted .636 and knocked in 18 RBI, while scoring nine runs to lead the Lions to a 6-1 weekly mark. Casis hit safely in six games and tallied multiple hits in five. Amassing a 1.318 slugging percentage, she pounded three doubles and four home runs on the week. Casis' most impressive outing came in a 28-0 shellacking of Salem International, in which she drove in 10 runs on three homers. She turned to the long ball again in delivering what proved to be the game-winning three-run homer in a 6-2 victory over a very strong Newberry squad at the Francis Marion Tournament. In seven games, Casis tallied a .636 OBP and a .947 fielding percentage.
Her biggest accomplishments came last Wednesday in a doubleheader against Salem International. In the two contests, the third baseman went a combined 7-for-7 while smashing three home runs and driving in 13 runs. After going 4-for-4 in the opening game, Casis went on a record setting performance in game two, as SLU scored 19 runs in the first inning. Although, the 19 runs in the first inning, which is now second all-time in NCAA Division II softball, wasn’t the main highlight. During the frame, the Lions slugger batted three times blasting a home run each time at the plate. The three long balls is a Saint Leo all-time record and the NCAA continues to dig to see if the mark is worthy of all-time stature.
During her first at bat of the night, she blasted a two-run shot over the right field fence. The next two times up to the plate Casis did the unthinkable slugging two more home runs, except this time in grand slam fashion. The two grand slams in an inning sets an all-time Saint Leo record and ties the NCAA record set in 1995. Also during the inning, the senior totaled ten run RBI to set an NCAA and Saint Leo all-time record, surpassing the old NCAA record of eight.
Casis also led the Lions through tough competition at the Francis Marion Tournament where the team went 4-1. She batted .467 while collecting seven hits, three of which were for extra bases. Casis scored three runs and average an RBI pergame during the series.
Casis and the Lions return to action on Friday, March 13 as they travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on the Fighting Knights of Lynn University in Sunshine State Action.